Thursday, April 1, 2021

Harbour constituency ~ campaigning in Hindi !! - Vinoj P Selvam making waves

The sixteenth legislative assembly election of Tamil Nadu is scheduled to be held on 6 April 2021, to elect Members of the Legislative Assembly from 234 constituencies in the state of Tamil Nadu in India.  Campaigning is not exactly at its feverish best !! 


There is the ruling AIADMK alongwith its alliances of BJP/PMK and more and the opposition DMK with Congress and other alliances.  There are parties aimed at specific religions, castes, locations, languages and more .. .. while every and now and then the definition and talk about ‘seculiarism’ would hit .. .. in between, is it wrong to know more languages especially knowing Hindi.  There are many leaders of Telegu origin and some were favoured to Delhi because they knew Hindi well  - and yet a tweet from a political party member and the fitting reply of a candidate made me post this.

The metropolis of Chennai has 16 Assembly constituencies : Anna nagar, Chepauk-Thiruvallikkeni, Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar, Egmore, Harbour, Kolathur, Mylapore, Perambur, Royapuram, Saidapet, Thiru vi Ka Nagar, Thigayarayanagar, Thousand lights, Velachery, Villivakkam & Virugambakkam.  

Sadly, Triplicane is no longer a separate constituency having been merged with neighbouring Chepauk and known as ‘Chepauk-Thiruvallikkeni’ now.  Nearer is Harbout constituency.

Established in 1639, Chennai Port is the third oldest of India’s twelve largest ports. An emerging hub port for containers, cars and project cargo on the Eastern Coast of India, the port now has three docks, 24 berths and drafts ranging from 8.5 meters to 16.5 meters.  Maritime trade started way back in 1639 on the sea shore Chennai. It was an open road -stead and exposed sandy coast till 1815. The initial piers were built in 1861, but the storms of 1868 and 1872 made them inoperative. So an artificial harbour was built and the operations were started in 1881.  Being an artificial harbour, the port was vulnerable to the cyclones, accretion of sand inside the basin due to underwater currents, which reduced the draft. Sir Francis Spring drew a long-term plan to charter the course of the port in a scientific manner, overcoming both man-made and natural challenges.   Inside the Port stands a foundation stone announcing that  on December 15, 1875  Prince of Wales Edward VII was here for the occasion that would change the way goods reached Chennai. For, before the harbour was completed, they were unloaded in Calcutta or Bombay and bought down by bullock-carts.

Not a history port of Marine post .. but one on politics.  Harbour is a state assembly constituency in Chennai district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It falls under Chennai Central and was first represented by U Krishna Rao.  Mr M Karunanidhi won twice from here and K Anbazhagan thrice. In 2016 it was PK Sekar babu who had been earlier elected as MLA on AIADMK ticket from Poonga nagar and later in 2016 representing DMK.  

There is sizable population of North Indians too especially in Sowcarpet area.     In 2016, BJP candidate garnered 13357 votes - 12.8 per cent votes and came third in the race.  Many parties try to woo their votes by canvassing in Hindi and putting up posters in Hindi too !!   



Sekar Babu (58). a three-time MLA and also a local resident, will take on BJP’s youth wing leader Vinoj P Selvam.  The  34-year-old Vinoj is relatively a fresh face to contest in elections and belongs to the family of Rohini Theatre Group in Koyambedu.  He has been the President of Youth wing of BJP, has studied at School of Excellence in Law.  He has been actively campaigning and his cheerful campaigning has attracted huge crowds.  Many National leaders and cine stars too have been campaigning for him.  There is possibility of Lotus blooming at Harbour and at neighbouring Thousand lights where cine actress Kushbu Sundar is the candidate, attracting huge crowds.

A tweet from Poet Salma stated that it all looks like North with a candidate by name Manoj canvassing in Hindi – those accompanying shouting ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ – making it appear as if it is somewhere in North !! .. .. and the candidate with all humility tweeted : my name is Vinoj and not Manoj as stated by you.  I am a pure tamilian born in Radhapuram in Nellai.  Lakhs of people like me have been stopped from learning Hindi as 3rd language.  Come let us learn 3rd language while loving our mother tongue Tamil the most.



Interesting ! 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
28.3.2021.

  

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